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Boston area author readings Sept. 4-10

Posted by guest  September 1, 2011 10:11 AM

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With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 hard upon us, you can expect all manner of books, symposia, and ceremonies marking, and remarking upon, that tragic event. The literary journal Granta will examine the consequences of the attacks from a global perspective in a special edition called Granta 116: Ten Years Later, which will highlight the work and views of a variety of essayists, fiction writers, poets, and visual artists. WBUR’s Robin Young will speak with Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Anthony Shadid, a contributor to Granta 116, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books.

And now for the rest of the list, read on.

TUESDAY: Tom Perrotta reads from “The Leftovers,” at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Nancy Rappaport discusses “In Her Wake,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Vanessa Diffenbaugh discusses “The Language of Flowers,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.

WEDNESDAY: Paul Farmer discusses “Haiti After the Earthquake,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Michael Griffith (“Trophy”) and Brock Clarke (“Exley”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Leonard Rosen reads from “All Cry Chaos,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Children’s author Ellie Schatz (“Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart”) reads at 10:30 a.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester.

THURSDAY: Julia Glass discusses “The Widower’s Tale,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord … Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager discuss “The Real State of America Atlas,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Christopher Boucher (“How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive”) reads at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … James K. Galbraith (“The Predator State”) speaks on economic policy at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, Cambridge … William Giraldi discusses “Busy Monsters,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney discuss “Willpower,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Ben Winters reads from “Bedbugs,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Simon Van Boov (“Everything Beautiful Began After”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square.

FRIDAY: Amy Waldman reads from “The Submission,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Molly Gaudry, Erin Fitzgerald, Darcie Dennigan, and Steve Himmer (“RE: Telling Anthology”) and poet Collier Nogues read at 8 p.m., at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge … Terry Brooks (“The Measure of the Magic”) speaks at 12 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square and at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 90 Middlesex Tpk., Burlington … Writer/cartoonist Lincoln Peirce (“Big Nate on a Roll”) speaks at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley … Sean Conway signs "The Empty Space Between Stars" at 7 p.m., at The Book Oasis, 311 Main Street, Stoneham.

SATURDAY: Harvard Book Store hosts a screening of the Frontline special “Top Secret America” and a panel discussion with producer Michael Kirk and Dana Priest and William Arkin, authors of the accompanying book, at 2 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; free tickets must be reserved online at harvard.com … Jane Kohuth reads from “Estie the Mensch,” at 2 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley.

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